Info Finder

Department Info

Department Head Photo
Kari Reiber, MD
Commissioner of Health

Department of Health
85 Civic Center Plaza - Suite 106
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Voice (845) 486-3400   Fax (845) 486-3447
TTY/TDD (845) 486-3417
Click here for assistance through Your Dutchess Direct
After Hours Public Health Emergencies: (845) 431-6465
Walk-In or Call 845-486-3535

Get Google Map & Directions
Get Map & Directions!




Mission Statement horizontal line

Health Department Mission Statement imageThe mission of the Dutchess County Department of Health (DCDOH) is to assess, protect, and promote the health of our communities and TEST our environment.


Our Vision

The Dutchess County Department of Health will be a trusted leader, advocate and partner with the community to prevent risks and promote public health.


Our Values

We value:

  • The pursuit of innovation
  • Adherence to ethical principles
  • Expertise in all areas of public health practice
  • Efficient and dedicated service


We adopt these values and the ten Essential Services to guide our commitment to the ideals of public health practice:

The Ten Essential Services of Public Health

  1. Monitor health status to identify and solve community health problems (e.g., community health profile, vital statistics, and health status)

  2. Diagnose and investigate health problems and health hazards in the community (e.g., epidemiologic surveillance systems, laboratory support)

  3. Inform, educate, and empower people about health issues (e.g., health promotion and social marketing)

  4. Mobilize community partnerships and action to identify and solve health problems (e.g., convening and facilitating community groups to promote health)

  5. Develop policies and plans that support individual and community health efforts (e.g., leadership development and health systems planning)

  6. Enforce laws and regulations that protect health and ensure safety (e.g., enforcement of sanitary codes to ensure safety of environment)

  7. Link people to needed personal health services (e.g., services that increase access to health care)

  8. Assure competent public and personal health care workforce (e.g., education and training for all public health care providers)

  9. Evaluate effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of personal and population-based health services (e.g., continuous evaluation of public health programs)

  10. Research for new insights and innovative solutions to health problems (e.g., links with academic institutions and capacity for epidemiologic and economic analyses)


Various Department of Health pictures were provided by


Go to top of page


Kari Reiber, MD,Commissioner of Health Kari Reiber, MD
Commissioner of Health
Dutchess County Seal



Listen button image Listen to webpage


Increase and decrease text size Change text size